LEISURE: Award-winning Cloverleaf present another panto in Combe

LEISURE: Award-winning Cloverleaf present another panto in Combe

PANTOMIME will soon be arriving once again in Combe St Nicholas as Cloverleaf Productions stage The Pied Piper by Peter Long and Keith Rawnsley.

The panto will be performed at Combe village hall from Tuesday, February 6, 2018, through to Saturday, February 10, 2018, and you can be assured of an award-winning performance.

Having won many nominations and accolades over the years, Cloverleaf claimed the ultimate prize in 2016, winning Best Pantomime in the Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Awards for The Snow Queen.

The society could not quite repeat this triumph in 2017 with its production of Treasure Island, but did walk away as winners the Pint Pot for the best achievement on a small stage as well as being named as Spotlight Shield runners-up for the Best Village Pantomime.LEISURE: Award-winning Cloverleaf present another panto in Combe

This year, The Pied Piper features lots of music, dancing and, of course, rats!   With bright pink noses, twitching whiskers and long tails, members of the junior chorus are in their element.

 And when they are not frightening the locals and overrunning the town of Hamelin as vermin, they turn into delightful little Sunbeams – the children of the town.

The wicked Countess Baddanvile, evilly played by Louise Knight, wants to use the rats to extort more money from the townspeople aided by her rat catcher Herman Fester (Dave Goodall) and Doris, his assistant (Maggy Goodall).

In the centre of the town is the local hostelry, the Rat & Drainpipe, run by Girder Berger (Bob Dunn) and her daughter, Gretchen played by Kelly Boyland. They are on the lookout for a chef but have to settle for Heinz (Adam Chudley) whose culinary skills leave a lot to be desired, especially when the inn is overrun by rats.

The town’s Mayor Strudel, played by Martin Wale, is very worried by the rat problem.  A young musician Karl, played by Michelle Wallbridge, arrives in Hamelin to woo his daughter Heidi (Philippa Glastonvill), and a solution seems to present itself, when her younger siblings Marta (Darcie Cockburn) Hans (Nell Wallbridge) accidently change his music to a tune which enchants the rats.  But will Countess Baddanvile fight back?

To find out what happens next, come and see the show at Combe Village Hall.  Tickets are £7 adults and £5 children with performances on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, to Friday, February 9, 2018, at 7.30pm and on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

To book phone 01460-65190 or email nanette.wale27@gmail.com  or buy in person from Combe Village Hall 10am-noon, Tuesday-Saturday.